My interest in the psychology field began in middle school when I was struggling with my own adolescent depression and issues related to child abuse and trauma. Perhaps because I understood the difficulties of my peers, in high school I was successful as a peer counselor. Once I began college, I was deeply inspired by a psychology professor who taught his students about how to think and apply information instead of just memorizing facts and repeating them back for examination. I graduated with my undergraduate degree in Psychology in 1991 and I began my career in the counseling field working in jobs related to child abuse recovery and addictions treatment. After having children of my own, I decided to go back to school for my Master’s Degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology at Naropa University in Boulder, CO.
I strongly believe that the quality of the relationship between client and therapist is fundamental in creating an environment which feels safe enough for the client to explore their inner world, their coping mechanisms, self-esteem and other issues that may affect their ability to heal. I am particularly gifted in holding a safe place for my clients to open up and move into deep self-discovery with a feeling of ease and guided support.
I believe in living an authentic life filled with absolute integrity, and I model these qualities for my clients as we work together toward greater self-awareness by making a conscious effort to be clear about my intentions when I am communicating with others, exploring my own emotions and responses and helping my clients to gain the highest level of personal self-awareness possible. I greatly value healthy emotional expression by practicing such expression in my personal life, modeling and teaching others, including my own children, how to express themselves authentically, and by guiding my clients in learning to navigate, regulate and express their emotions in a healthy manner.
I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in psychology (with minors in sociology and women’s studies) in 1991 and graduated from a child and family social work training academy in 1992. I have worked in the counseling field for over twenty-six years beginning first in the child abuse field and then earning my license as an addictions counselor. I have worked with adults and adolescents in both inpatient (hospital) and outpatient settings. I returned to graduate school after having children and received my Master’s Degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology at Naropa University in Boulder, CO and served my internship at the Naropa University Counseling Center. I am also a Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Certified Hypnotherapist and Certified Mental and Emotional Release Practitioner.
Over the years, I have worked as an author and trainer for several personal and professional growth and development workshops which I intend to continue doing throughout my career together with writing books on personal growth and spirituality. I am experienced with mindfulness training and Shamatha meditation practice, interested in Buddhist psychology, and have experience working with trauma and abuse survivors, issues pertaining to sexuality and sexual identity, couples and group counseling, and personal identity issues. I am interested in helping others to relieve chronic pain through mindfulness practice, supporting people through chronic illness, death and dying, and assisting in bereavement support. I am also adept at helping people cope with life transitions, depression and anxiety using a variety of methods and techniques to aid in your support. I am also a certified ASIST suicide intervention specialist. Additionally, I am a strong provider of LGBTQI support.
In addition to my training in psychotherapy, I am also a Reiki Master and have extensive experience in using Reiki to assist others in moving emotions through the body in a therapeutic manner. I have been a Reiki practitioner since 1994, and a Reiki Master since 2006. I have more information on how Reiki works, and how it can be used in the therapeutic process.
I absolutely love my work as a therapist and spend a lot of my free time studying and reading books on psychology and spiritual development. I used to be a professional ballet dancer and musical theater performer so I enjoy dancing and singing and all arts, both performing and visual. I also enjoy cooking, outdoor activities such as hiking and kayaking, traveling and exploring other cultures, attending and leading drumming circles, and my own meditation practice. I am also a mother of three and spend much of my free time with my children.